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Totem Heritage Center

601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
+1 907-225-5900
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Totem Poles

We walked into town and went to the Totem Pole Museum. It was very interesting and a nice find. The... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
Laura S
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Huntersville, North Carolina
Nicely Done Museum on Totem Poles

We walked to the center via Creek Street and it was a beautiful walk. There is a free bus from the... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
NorCal-traveler08
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Orangevale, California
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The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan and to preserve and promote Native artistic and cultural traditions through traditional classes. The Center is home to 33 authentic poles, numerous historic images, and Native art works. Educational and interpretive tours are available.
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601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

We walked into town and went to the Totem Pole Museum. It was very interesting and a nice find. The artifacts and history were fascinating to see up close.

Thank Laura S
Anita M, Manager at Totem Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you for visiting the Totem Heritage Center! Our tour guides are always happy to answer questions and it's an easy bus ride to the Center from the docks. Just look for the free downtown shuttle!

Reviewed 24 July 2017

We walked to the center via Creek Street and it was a beautiful walk. There is a free bus from the cruise dock that goes by as well. The entrance fee is $5. The center is small but has some really old totem poles to...More

Thank NorCal-traveler08
Anita M, Manager at Totem Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for visiting the Totem Heritage Center! The center is a great place to learn about totem poles before venturing out on the island to appreciate the many standing poles in town, in Saxman and at Totem Bight State Park. The free downtown shuttle...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017

On a relatively warm (70*F) Friday in July my wife and I walked around Ketchikan and on the advise of a local we walked up Creek Street (site of the once exuberant brothel district) which was full of small boutique stores we wandered thru. At...More

Thank Johnboy4343
Reviewed 19 July 2017

As we purchased our admission to the center we commented on the tiny basket the young man working the booth was weaving. He was happy to explain the process and explain the other skills learned and practiced through the center. Inside were totems, masks and...More

Thank donap4w
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We took a walk here from downtown which didn't take that long but is uphill if you have difficulty walking. There is also a parking lot for those who choose to drive. This is a nice, little gem of a museum that only costs $5...More

1  Thank joyceTL4
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Since we had been to Ketchikan a couple other times, I decided to walk up to the Totem Heritage Center. I didn't know what to expect, but it beat shopping. It is a small museum; but worth visiting. These are very old original totems. When...More

Thank MVPinBoynton
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Worth the walk up from the harbor, this is a small museum but they have some fascinating artifcats and a lot of good information.

Thank dbaaronson
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Pick up a map at the tourist office on the harbour and ask to be shown how to reach the Museum. It is on a very nice signposted walk. It has nice displays explaining the history of totem poles and explains what you see. Best...More

Thank G0Charlie
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We took a nice walk to that area. The Heritage Center was so interesting. The people, that work there, entered so many questions and told us nice stories. It was $5.00 to go in. in May-Sep it is open 8a-5p every day. Then in Oct-April...More

Thank Wendy K
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

A worthwhile stop to glean a better understanding of the Native American tradition of totem carving and the symbolism captured in totems. Were fortunate to piggyback on a tour group and catch a nice 15 minute talk from one of the center docents. Docents are...More

1  Thank Patrick V
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vicd666
7 July 2015|
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Response from Anita M | Property representative |
Glad that you're coming to visit Ketchikan! The Totem Heritage Center features original 19th century totem poles as well as contemporary Northwest Coast art. Admission is just $5/person. We have tour guides available to... More
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Annette B
18 May 2015|
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Response from Anita M | Property representative |
The easiest way to get to the Totem Heritage Center from the docks is to take the free downtown shuttle (look for the city bus that says "free shuttle"). The shuttle runs on a 30-minute loop and stops in front of the... More
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